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The Crossings Project: Vocal Evening with Tabby Johnson

Event organized by Silence

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The Crossings Project: Vocal Evening with Tabby Johnson

Doors at 7:00 PM
Workshop at 7:30 PM

Free of charge

Please join us for an open workshop with vocalist, storyteller, and actress Tabby Johnson.

The session is open to anyone who wants to sing! Our vocal evening is tied into a larger project that will happen at Silence and Heritage Hall on Saturday, May 26th called "The Crossings".

The Crossing Project is a musical and community-oriented acknowledgement of the millions of Africans who were abducted and enslaved during the trans-Atlantic slave trade (approximately 1526-1867). Through perseverance and courage, many families and individuals moved up the Underground Railroad and settled in the Guelph area.

The event includes a transformative journey towards a common knowledge about the Guelph community and its historical roots, featuring the musical talents of Andrew Craig and Tabby Johnson; a creative multimedia exhibition by the Art Gallery of Guelph and the Guelph Black Heritage Society addressing the traces, absences and erasures of slavery in the heart of Guelph; and a travelling street party and parade led by the Toronto Junkanoo All Stars.

Silence gratefully acknowledges funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Guelph Community Foundation's Musagetes Fund, and support from the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation.

Here’s Tabby's description for the vocal evening:


Come join me in the tradition songs of call and response from the enslaved in the U.S. of A’s rural south and islands in the sea.

Discover the possibilities of vibrational ancestral rootage within, to listen with the vibrations of the room, release a voice with resonance.

To sing out loud with a myriad of personal emotional response.

In singing in unison we build harmony
come play with me

We will sing together for some 45 minutes. Please wear free flowing clothes.

I look forward to meeting you.



46 Essex St.